Dubai’s Expo 2020 is the ideal place to refresh your social media feed if you need one. The exhibition will take place from October through March. It will feature a wide variety of awe-inspiring sights and majestic installations. A colourful roster of musical performances, parades, and light festivals ensure that no two days will be the same. In addition, world-renowned architects built the unique structures and pavilions embedded in the 438-hectare site, so make sure to take some photos during golden hour. These are some of the most photogenic spots at Expo 2020 Dubai, in our opinion.
A sculpture made from iridescent oil drills? In the public art programme for Expo 2020, Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri designed ‘Chimera,’ a creature that resembles a creature from the ocean depths. In addition to ‘Chimera,’ which has not been located yet, the other 11 selected artworks can be found throughout the Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability Districts as well as on sites of Expo. Your feed will be attracted to its electric and reflective colors as well as its alien shape.
Scale-by-scale replicas of SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets are on display at the USA Pavilion for space enthusiasts. At a remarkable height of 42 metres, Falcon 9 is the second tallest building onsite, named after the Millennium Falcon spacecraft in the ‘Star Wars’ series. It wouldn’t be complete without a shot of the rocket next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Switzerland’s pavilion is surrounded by shiny, reflective mirrors, so a group selfie is a must. Through its ‘Reflections’ theme, the pavilion brings together visitors from all over the world to physically and metaphorically reflect on the future of our planet. Get your friends and family together while you wait in the queue for a picture with one of the biggest mirrors you’ve ever seen.
What is your ideal place for taking beautiful, artsy pictures? Art Dubai has partnered with four regional and local contemporary artists to produce five art installations for the Sustainability District. Middle Eastern structures provide insight into the issue of sustainability from the Middle East’s perspective. It represents the interdependent relationship between humans and nature as shown by Zeinab Al Hashemi’s Takween (pictured).
Japanese pavilion exterior is inspired by three-dimensional origami patterns: Arabesque and Asanoha (or hemp leaf). The Japanese pavilion themed ‘Where ideas meet,’ embodies the historical connection between Japan and the Middle East with its picturesque structure. While demonstrating to your social media fans the white and symmetrical architectural wonder of this path, you can go for a relaxing stroll.
You’ll find violet neon tubes and Indigenous street art on the walls of the Australia Pavilion’s tunnel. Thanks to the dim surroundings and mysterious purple coloration, a picture taken here looks futuristic and eccentric.
Each Thematic District begins with three Entry Portals: Mobility, Sustainability, and Opportunity. The 21-meter-high portals, designed by London architect Asif Khan, are the first thing you see as you enter the Expo site. Carbon-fiber doors are so lightweight that they can be opened by a single person – even skeptics can videotape it. You’ll want to strike a pose before this colossal monument to let all your friends and family know that you’ve entered The World’s, Greatest Show.
As well as being the beating heart of Expo, Al Wasl Plaza offers a spectacular view, from the inside and out, as the dome turns into a 360-degree cinema at night. Click a picture of the Al Wasl Plaza to remind yourself of the feeling of seeing the building for the first time, regardless of whether the sun is up or down.
In terms of architecture, the Saudi Arabia Pavilion is in a class of its own. A giant LED display flickers through the Kingdom’s scenic sights as the massive window defies gravity. As sunsets, the pavilion will be illuminated from the sides and the front in colorful displays.
There are 67-meter-high solar trees, shaded walkways, and open-air exhibitions in the pedestrian areas of the Thematic Districts, which gives the feeling of stepping into a gated rustic community. Get a holistic experience of the fair by visiting the human-scaled districts and taking a few photos along the way.
Reversing water waves is another amazing installation. The Expo is sure to please fans of The Dubai Mall’s world’s largest choreographed fountain. This 13 meter-high water feature is shaped like an amphitheater that feeds backwater during the night. From the center of the waves, hydrogen flames shoot up, dancing to the music composed for the HBO series ‘Game of Thrones.
The 360-degree observation tower called the Garden in the Sky is the only attraction that will give you a true Expo experience. An aerial view of the fair is available from a 55-metre-high double-decked platform. The next time Expo’s main attractions are illuminated at night, hop on the tower for a shot of the night sky.